Fontana, California, US - Saturday 19 October, 2013
Matthew Brabham Signs For Andretti Indy Lights
Pro Mazda Championship's 2013 Champion Matthew Brabham will pilot the United Fiber & Data/Mazdaspeed car with Andretti Autosport for the 2014 Indy Lights season. The 19-year-old from Boca Raton, FL garnered 13 wins and 15 podium finishes during the 2013 season - both new series records - clinching the title at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres in August.
The third-generation racer will showcase the colours of United Fiber & Data (UFD) - a tech company based in York, Penn. who offer a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions, who also currently serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 25 IndyCar driven by Marco Andretti. UFD will feature a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and will operate out of different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).
Along with the help from UFD, Brabham brings along the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development scholarship provided to him by the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) for winning the Pro Mazda Championship - one of the biggest incentives of the ladder program to develop up-and-coming drivers. In addition to winning the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship, Brabham clinched the USF2000 title in 2012 making him the only driver to do so thus far in the history of MRTI.
Michel Andretti, Team Owner: “I am confident that Matthew can make an immediate impact in Indy Lights, I think he has been impressive ever since he came into the ladder system," Andretti said. "We talked him into coming over to our side last year and he did an unbelievable job, winning 13 of 16 races. We're so happy to have him continue with us going forward, and hopefully getting him to IndyCars. We have really high expectations for next year.”
Matthew Brabham, Driver, United Fiber & Data Mazdaspeed: “I'm really excited to be moving into Indy Lights next year. I remember seeing the Indy Lights cars for the first time in St. Petersburg when I was racing USF2000 there last year; I was blown away by how quick they were and how cool they sounded. It's going to be a fun year, and I'm very pleased to be on board with Andretti Autosport for a second year. Especially so after the fantastic year we shared this year in the Pro Mazda Championship. I'm so grateful to Chad (Taylor) and Bill (Hynes) with United Fiber & Data and Mazda for giving me this incredible opportunity for next season!”